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How fast should I be losing weight?

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I had surgery on December 17th and have only lost around 13 pounds, should I be concerned that it's not enough? Is it true that drinking water and the right amount of protein helps lose weight? Any tips to help me do better?

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  1. sraebaer's Avatar
    13 pounds in 3 weeks sounds pretty good to me!
  2. Ann2's Avatar
    I lost 10 pounds my first month post-op. You're not even at a month yet!

    I know it's a trite truism, but this journey really is NOT a sprint, but a marathon. How fast you lose isn't important. What's important IMHO is that as you're losing weight you start building GREAT NEW habits and a healthy lifestyle that will help you sustain your weight loss forever more.

    The sleeve will help you lose the weight. But YOU have to change your life in order to keep the weight off.

    Just re-read what I wrote above and do realize how preachy it sounds. Sorry about that. But it's all true.
  3. KiwiGal's Avatar
    Ann2 is correct - and it didn't sound preachy to me - just good common sense.
    As long as you are following your surgeons instructions, concentration on getting good protein into you first, drinking lots of water - and I mean lots, sipping all day long (apart from around your meal times of course) and getting some exercise all will be well. You body will decide the rate which you lose.
    As Ann2 said this is not a sprint. I took 12 months to get to my goal and am now 16 months out and the good habits that I now have are helping the maintenance tick along just nicely.

    You are doing just fine :-)
  4. Christie13's Avatar
    Everyone loses at their own pace. No two people will lose exactly the same even if they do the exact same things. In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is stress about the weight loss and if you are losing fast enough. I say this because 1...stress can wreak havoc on your body and 2...even if the scale is not moving your body is still changing and inches are melting. I wish more people would enjoy the journey. When was the last time you lost 13 lbs so easily? So relax, breathe, and enjoy the ride.
  5. EllisM80's Avatar
    I lost 13 lbs my first week and not even an ounce the second. I was more concerned about what the scale was saying than the fact that I wasn't getting my protein in or my fluids. Not getting those in will stall your loss and so will lack of rest. You will have good weeks and bad weeks. Don't focus on the numbers on the scales but the way you feel and look. Take pictures and try on clothes.
  6. AnnieG's Avatar
    All the above - tried and true - I lost pretty quickly, but wasn't as good about my protein as I should have been -- and now I am extremely conscious of protein, water, good carbs and vitamins! It makes such a long term difference.

    And unlike other weight loss plans, this truly is a lifetime commitment. As Ann said, MARATHON, I try not to get number crazy, but its a tough change!
  7. AnnieG's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ann2
    I lost 10 pounds my first month post-op. You're not even at a month yet!

    I know it's a trite truism, but this journey really is NOT a sprint, but a marathon. How fast you lose isn't important. What's important IMHO is that as you're losing weight you start building GREAT NEW habits and a healthy lifestyle that will help you sustain your weight loss forever more.

    The sleeve will help you lose the weight. But YOU have to change your life in order to keep the weight off.

    Just re-read what I wrote above and do realize how preachy it sounds. Sorry about that. But it's all true.
    Ann not preachy at all -- just simply and honestly stated, as you always are. Clarity is a great tool in the process.